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Headfirst slides are under fire (perhaps for good reason), but they aren't without their virtues.

Someday, when you’re telling your grandkids about baseball in your day, you might have to explain what headfirst sliding was. Whether a player will continue to slide head-first now qualifies as a low-grade controversy (at least if the player is good enough). The Astros reportedly outlawed it for their minor leaguers for a time, pulling players from the game if they led with their fingers instead of their toes. The Braves teach their prospects not to slide headfirst, and the Indians lecture theirs. “I don't like headfirst slides,” said Houston manager Bo Porter last week, perhaps unintentionally putting a spotlight on headfirsting prospect George Springer. “I really don’t like headfirst slides.”

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January 9, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Year's 10 Best Slides: A Slide Show (Again)


Sam Miller

Looking at what happens when ballplayers leave their feet.

Last year, obsessed with the possibilities of a pretty simple pun, I wrote about my 10 favorite slides. There were those who said we'd never try it again. Well guess what.

10. Punto Slides
There are days where you really get the sense we’re missing the point. This, for instance, is a base hit that Nick Punto recorded:

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The best and worst slides of the 2012 season, featuring moving images of and jokes about said slides.

These are the 10 best slides of the 2012 season. There are 19 GIFs, and some of the best slides are actually the worst slides. I wish you luck!

10. Best Slide Into First Base, by Carlos Gomez

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